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SubjectRe: can a kmalloc be both GFP_ATOMIC and GFP_KERNEL at the same time?
On Mon, 30 Apr 2007, Andrew Morton wrote:

> On Sat, 28 Apr 2007 09:40:39 -0400 (EDT) "Robert P. J. Day" <rpjday@mindspring.com> wrote:
>
> >
> > i'd always assumed that the type flags of GFP_ATOMIC and GFP_KERNEL
> > were mutually exclusive when it came to calling kmalloc(), at least
> > based on everything i'd read. so i'm not sure how to interpret the
> > following:
> >
> > drivers/scsi/aic7xxx_old.c: aic_dev = kmalloc(sizeof(struct aic_dev_data), GFP_ATOMIC | GFP_KERNEL);
> > drivers/message/i2o/device.c: resblk = kmalloc(buflen + 8, GFP_KERNEL | GFP_ATOMIC);
> >
> > clarification?
>
> GFP_ATOMIC implies that the memory comes from the zones which
> GFP_KERNEL also uses. So the above usage of GFP_KERNEL is redundant
> and should be removed.

hang on ... based on an email i just got, is that reference to
GFP_KERNEL "redundant" or "conflicting"? big difference there. and
is the proper fix to remove "GFP_KERNEL" in both cases?

rday
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